Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT vs. Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small

Comparison and Differences

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Model
Form factorMini TowerDesktop
CPU optionsIntel Gen10&11 i3/i5/i7/i9;Intel Gen2&3 i3/i5/i7; Celeron; Pentium;
ChipsetQ570H61
Dedicated GPU *GeForce RTX 3070 (optional)GeForce GT 1030 Low Profile
RAMDIMM DDR4-2666/2933/3200DIMM DDR3-1600
RAM slots42
RAM speed3200 MT/s1600 MT/s
RAM max128 GB16 GB
USB portsUSB 3.2 Type C; USB 3.1 Type C; (2x) USB-A 3.1; USB-A 3.0; (x4) USB-A 2.0;(6x)USB-A 2.0;
Video ports(4x) Display Port 1.4; (x3) HDMI 2.0b; VGA;DVI-D; VGA;
Other portsRJ45; Audio; Line-Out/In; Serial; (x2) PS2RJ45; Hdph; (2x) Mic; Line-Out; Line-In;
Optional portsUSB Type-C (DP Alt Mode); Media Card Reader;Serial; Media card reader (USB 2.0);
SATA ports43
PCI slotsPCIe 4.0 x16; PCIe 3.0 x4; PCIe 3.0 x1; PCIe-32PCIe 2.0 x16; (2x) PCIe 2.0 x1;
M.2 slotsM.2 2280/2230 M-key (PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe); M.2 2230 M-key (PCIe); M.2 2230 (WiFi/BT) N.A.
Drive bays(x2) 3.5in; (2x) 2.5in; 5.25in (slim);2.5in; 2.5/3.5in; 5.25in;
PSU260/300/369/500 WTFX 180 W
Weight10.22 kg (22.53 lb)6.0 kg (13.2 lb)
Released20212012
Manuallinklink
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* Dedicated GPU warning: Check if your particular power supply model has enough power. Additionally some PSUs don't come with an auxiliary PCIe power connector and you may need to buy a SATA to PCIe power adapter.

Differences between Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT and Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small

If you are looking for a more modern desktop, then you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT which was released in 2021. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small is older and entered production in 2012.

If you are looking for the smaller form factor the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small is the right one for you. It is smaller than the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT and will fit more easily under your desk.

Processor

Usually the newer the generation of the CPU, the better the performance and efficiency is. If your budget allows it, you should go with the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT as it is running a newer generation CPU. This is not to say that Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small is bad - it can still run some powerful CPUs, albeit being an older generation.

Memory

The Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT has 4 RAM slots while the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small has only 2 slot(s). This is not something to worry about. Just make sure you take it into consideration when planning how much RAM you are going to use.

The Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT is using the faster 3200 MT/s RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small is slower by supporting RAM speeds of up to 1600 MT/s. Additionally, if you will be needing a lot of RAM, better go for the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT as it has the ability to run 128 GB of RAM. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small can do a bit less at max 16 GB. Most of the times, this should be sufficient for the majority of users.

Ports

In total the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT has 9 USB ports. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small is inferior in this regard and packs 6 USB ports. In any case, if you miss USB ports, you can always purchase a USB hub. What is nice about the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT, is that it has 3 USB 3.1 port(s) which allows transfer of up to 10Gb/s. Unfortunately, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small has no such port, thus restricting your transfer speeds significantly. For people who want to use external drives on regular basis, this might be an issue.

Unfortunately, only the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT has a DisplayPort. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small does not have one? Don't worry though, nowadays video adapters are cheap and you can get almost any combination of conversion types.

The Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT comes with an HDMI port, while the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small does not support the interface. Of course missing HDMI port is something that can be easily fixed with a good adapter (e.g. DisplayPort to HDMI).

SATA ports are placed on the system board and it is where you connect your HDD, SSD and Optical Disk Drives. More SATA slots will allow you to have more drives running at the same time. In this regard the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT is better equipped as it comes with 4 SATA slot(s), while the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small has 3 slot(s).

If you want the fastest transfer speeds for your SSD, an M.2 interface is crucial. Thus, if the M.2 SSD slot is a mandatory requirement for you, go with the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT. Sadly, the Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small has no such slot, and you will be forced to use the SATA interface instead.

Make sure that the available M.2 slot supports the PCIe (also called NVMe) interface. This is important as there are M.2 slots which support only the inferior SATA III interface. For comparison, the SATA III interface has max speeds of 6Gb/s, while the PCIe 3.0 x4 will support speeds up to 32Gb/s!

Power Supply

Having a Power Supply Unit with high power rating is important, if you are going to use components which require extra power. The Lenovo ThinkCentre Edge 72 Small comes with a decent 180 Watt PSU, but the Dell OptiPlex 7090 MT has a more powerful one rated at 500 Watts. Choosing either one depends on your specific requirements and use case. Also don't forget that some models might have more than one PSU option - try to always get the most powerful one, especially if you plan to upgrade to a powerful GPU.

Motherboard

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